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Levo Dromoran Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What are the possible side effects of levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What is the most important information I should know about levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- How should I take levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Levo Dromoran)?
- What happens if I overdose (Levo Dromoran)?
- What should I avoid while taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What other drugs will affect levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include codeine, methadone, morphine, Oxycontin, Darvocet, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and many others). You should also not take levorphanol if you are having an asthma attack or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.
Levorphanol may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Levorphanol should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Before using levorphanol, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- liver or kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- curvature of the spine;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- low blood pressure;
- gallbladder disease;
- Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorders;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- mental illness; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby, and could cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Levorphanol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
How should I take levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Never take levorphanol in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Take levorphanol with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
Do not stop using levorphanol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Store levorphanol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of how many tablets have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Levorphanol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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